The Republic's Big 150: Top college football prospects in Arizona's 2024 high school class

Arizona high school football continues to build its brand with college recruiters across the nation.

Richard Obert
Arizona Republic

It's time to start rolling out the top college football prospects in Arizona high schools in the 2024 class. College coaches from across the country have made this state a must-see for players with so much growth, particularly in the Phoenix area.

Every week, The Arizona Republic will add 10 names to the Big 150, a look at the top prospects who will be entering their senior season in the summer. This class is loaded, maybe more than any in the last 10 years.

We will start with the top 10 and add from there. So keep coming back each week.

Chandler Wolves quarterback Dylan Raiola (1) warms up to face the Centennial Coyotes at Chandler High School's Austin Field on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022.

Big 150 2024

1. Dylan Raiola, Phoenix Pinnacle, QB, 6-3, 225

He transferred during the winter break from Chandler to Pinnacle, which means he'll have to get a hardship passed by the Arizona Interscholastic Association in order to be eligible to start the season. Nonetheless, he's got plenty of major colleges interested. And he still is the nation's top overall prospect in the country in the 2024 class, by 247Sports.

It appears two-time defending national champion Georgia, USC, Nebraska and Oregon are leading the pack of suitors. Raiola is hoping to make this a big season. He's got the arm strength, accuracy and vision and can dial up big plays with his arm. With the move, this makes the second year in a row that Pinnacle has the No. 1 prospect in the state for the senior class. Last season, it was wide receiver/tight end Duce Robinson, who committed to USC.

2. Elijah Rushing, Tucson Salpointe Catholic, DE, 6-6, 235

He is ranked No. 8 overall nationally by 247Sports. His cat-like quickness and ability to break through blocks make him the toughest guy in the state to keep out of the backfield. Major colleges have lined up for him since his sophomore year. As of March 23, he had 37 college football offers. Among those are Notre Dame, Miami, Ohio State, Washington and Oregon.

Salpointe’s Elijah Rushing (95) runs down Desert View’s Oscar Barraza during a game in October 2021.

3. Demond Williams Jr., Chandler Basha, QB, 5-11, 180

Built in the mold of Bryce Young. But Williams might be as good a dual threat as you will find in the country. If a play breaks down, Williams' speed and moves make him a difficult guy to catch. He did that on his way to leading Basha to its first Open Division state championship last season. This will be his fourth year as a varsity starter and he has progressed every year. He is committed to Ole Miss, even though colleges, such as Arizona State, still are pursuing him.

Basha quarterback Demond Williams Jr. (9) runs for a first down against Chandler during the Open semifinal at Dobson High School in Chandler on Dec. 3, 2022.

4. Christian Clark, Phoenix Mountain Pointe, RB, 6-0, 195

He might be way underrated nationally (270th overall in 247Sports Composite, because the 30-something offers he's gotten since last season ended will tell another story. Easily the most recruited football player in Mountain Pointe history, he picked up offers from Oregon, Penn State, Texas, Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, Arizona State, Arizona, and Florida State, among the many major colleges. Somebody thinks he can play.

5. Jaxson Jones, Yuma Catholic, DE, 6-3, 215

He was committed last year to Washington, but since then flipped it to Oregon. He has 15 major college offers, and he's yet to reach his ceiling. He's a tremendous athlete who also starts at receiver for the Shamrocks. He's the biggest recruit the 4A school has had. Jones' quickness and power off the edge put him in a special category of elite pass rushers in the nation.

6. Luke Moga, Phoenix Sunnyslope, QB, 6-3, 205

He's got 24 offers, almost all of those coming after his junior season. They include UA, ASU, Miami, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, TCU, Oregon and Oregon State. No player in Arizona has jumped like this in one year than Moga, who, Sunnyslope coach Sam Jacobs says, "Has arm talent to make every throw, and he's a serious athlete with elite speed."

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7. Miles Lockhart, Basha, RB/DB, 5-11, 190

He is one of the top defensive backs in the country who, among his 20-plus offers, has Ohio State, Oregon, Utah, Iowa, Northwestern, Kansas State, ASU, UA, Louisville and Oregon State. He is such a great athlete that he'll be on offense a lot more next season, likely at running back. Great hands out of the backfield. Key players the last three seasons for the Bears, who played a big role on one of the best defenses in the state last season.

Basha Bears running back Miles Lockhart (1) dives into the end zone as he is brought down by the Saguaro Sabercats during the Open Division state championship game at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022.

8. Aundre Gibson, Goodyear Desert Edge, DB/KR, 5-11, 175

After 14 major college offers, he chose to commit to Kansas. He's one of the best lock-down corners in the nation and as good a return man as you will find. He's a lot like Cole Martin, who starred at Basha the last two years and will be playing at Oregon next season. Gibson is a game-changer on defense, and, if you kick it to him, do it at your own risk. He'll take it to the house.

Oct. 14, 2022, Goodyear, Arizona, USA; Desert Edge junior safety Aundre Gibson (21) successfully tackles a Verrado player.

9. Ca'lil Valentine, Chandler, RB, 6-0, 180

He missed some games the last two seasons due to injuries. But when he's healthy, there may not be a more explosive and dynamic offensive player in the state in the way he can elude defenders and catch the ball out of the backfield. He was on pace to be the Player of the Year last season before an ankle injury late in the season slowed him. Among his offers are ASU, UA, Oregon, Utah, Penn State, Nebraska, Washington, Washington State, Michigan State, Kansas State, Miami, Boston College, Colorado State, UNLV, New Mexico State and Northern Arizona.

Chandler Wolves running back Ca'lil Valentine (22) looks for an opening in the Basha Bear defensive line at Austin Field in Chandler on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022.

10. Jeremiah Newcombe, Queen Creek Casteel, DB/WR, 5-11, 175

One of the best athletes not only in the state but in the country, who also plays basketball and runs track. He starred at receiver and cornerback and can change the game on either side of the ball. But he projects as a major college cornerback. He has 21 offers, including UA, ASU, BYU, California and Colorado.

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Casteel Colts Jeremiah Newcombe (2) tackles Hamilton Huskies Breylon Blount (0) during a high school football game at Hamilton High School in Chandler on Oct. 28, 2022.

11. Dillon Hipp, Scottsdale Desert Mountain, TE, 6-6, 240

His recruiting has blown up since the end of last season with 32 offers, including Auburn, Baylor, BYU, Miami, Ole Miss, TCU, Tennessee, Texas Tech and Oregon. He's got the size, hands, and ability to make tough catches in traffic to be one of the nation's top tight ends.

Sep 23, 2022; Scottsdale, Arizona, USA; Desert Mountain Wolves tight end Dillon Hipp (11) makes a touchdown catch over Chaparral Firebirds cornerback Sal Padilla (23) during a game played at Chaparral High.

12. Noah Carter, Peoria Centennial, DE, 6-4, 230

He was an electric player on both sides of the ball, catching passes at receiver and creating turnovers at edge rusher in the team's turnaround season. He has nine Division I offers, including ASU and UA, Iowa State and Colorado State. Big-time impact player.

Centennial Coyotes wide receiver Noah Carter (11) runs for a touchdown against the Sandra Day O'Connor Eagles during a game played at Sandra Day O'Connor High in Phoenix on Oct. 14, 2022.

13. Kennedy Urlacher, Chandler, S, 6-1, 185

Son of Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher has seen his recruiting skyrocket since his junior season ended with 18 offers. He's as hard a hitter as you will see from a safety. A hybrid who can play linebacker, strong safety and free safety. Fierce competitor.

14. Mardale Rowe, Phoenix Brophy Prep, DE, 6-3, 235

He's been a beast on the edge the last two seasons. Improved strength, speed and quickness makes him one of the best edge rushers in the Western United States. Watch for a huge season from Rowe, who had double-digit offers.

15. Nijrell Eason II, Gilbert Higley, CB, 6-0, 170

His offers include Iowa State, Purdue, Arizona, Nevada, San Diego State, UNLV and Colorado State. Great man cover guy with outstanding ball skills who is not afraid to come up and make a tackle.

16. Donovan Aidoo, Higley DB, 6-2, 190

Another great cover guy in what is one of the best defensive backfields in the state. Great tackler, hard hitter, long and fast. Offers include Iowa State, Washington State, San Diego State, UA, ASU, Marshall, Nevada, UNLV and NAU.

17. Jaedon Matthews, Scottsdale Saguaro, RB, 5-10, 180

He's a three-star recruit who has offers from Wisconsin, Washington State, Georgia Tech, UA, ASU, California, and Colorado. Elite speed, great hands out of the backfield, great vision and balance. Watch how he'll be utilized out of Zac Hill's offense. He's ready to have a monster senior season.

18. Dylan Tapley, Scottsdale Desert Mountain, S/WR, 6-4, 205

One of the most versatile football players in the state with the way he can change the game on both offense and defense. He projects to be a college safety with his range and speed. An interception machine. He has multiple offers, including ASU and UA, Iowa State, Colorado State and Kansas.

19. Kenny Worthy III, Centennial, DB, 6-0, 178

A tremendous athlete who can do it all on the field. He's a lock-down corner who is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. And the Centennial coaches will make sure they put him in spots to take advantage of his speed and skills. He returns kicks and plays receiver on offense.

20. Deshawn Warner, Desert Edge, DE, 6-4, 225

It's the year of the edge rusher in Arizona and Warner is right up there with the best of them. A beast in the backfield, tracking down quarterbacks. He has put in great work in the offseason to make a major impact next season. He has 15 offers, including UA, ASU, Kansas and Iowa State.

ALA Gilbert North wide receiver Brandon Phelps (1) is tackled by Lake Havasu on Dec. 2, 2022.

21. Brandon Phelps, American Leadership Gilbert North, WR, 6-3, 190

He was one of the earliest 2024 commits to the University of Arizona. He had a phenomenal junior season leading the Eagles to their first AIA state football championship in 4A. He caught 97 passes for 1,710 yards and 28 TDs. He has offers from Arizona State and Michigan State. Played a big role on the basketball team that reached the Open tournament.

22. Santana Wilson, Desert Mountain, CB, 6-0, 180

He has at least 14 offers, including the University of Miami. His father, former Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson, was hired as an executive with the NFL Carolina Panthers. Sterling says he is staying in Scottsdale for his senior season, which will give Desert Mountain a strong nucleus of returning players who could put the Wolves in the mix for an Open championship.

23. Dylan Lee, Gilbert Williams Field, RB, 6-1, 193

He splashed onto the scene last year when he broke the single-game 6A state rushing record with 518 yards on 24 carries against Chaparral. He'll be the featured back next season. He's got all upside in his game. Great leader. Works hard. Explosive and strong. Fast.

24. Kezion Dia-Johnson, Desert Edge, WR, 6-0, 170

This will be his first full season at Desert Edge, after having to sit out the first five games of his junior season due to his transfer from Laveen Cesar Chavez. He's one of the best big-play threats in his state with his hands, speed, moves and ability to catch the ball in traffic.

25. Jaxon Branch, Chandler, WR, 6-2, 190

He's got offers from both Arizona and Arizona State. This should be his breakout season. A combination of size and speed makes him a tough matchup as an outside wide receiver. He had 33 catches for 628 yards last season when he led the team in receiving.

26. Adam Mohammed, Glendale Apollo, RB/CB, 5-10, 185

Maybe the best athlete of his long line of talented brothers, he's a home run hitter at tailback and can catch the ball out of the backfield as well as anybody. He even played some quarterback last season. A tremendous and electric athlete who has several Division I offers, including Utah State, Boston College and Colorado State. An absolute steal for somebody if a Power 5 doesn't statch him up.

27. Kaden Anderson, Chandler, TE, 6-4, 225

Big, athletic target who can block and shed tacklers after catches. He also runs track. He had 32 catches, six for TDs, last season and expects to have a huge senior season. Offers include NAU, Dartmouth, Penn, Yale, Air Force and Bucknell. Exceptional student.

28. Carter Lavrusky, Phoenix Horizon, OL, 6-6, 265

He might be the best offensive tackle in the state. He's got offers from Arizona and Colorado State. Three-sport standout who plays basketball and throws the discus and shot put in track and field. Strong and athletic.

29. Plas Johnson, Scottsdale Chaparral, Athlete, 6-1, 175

Great track athlete, he runs 100 meters in 11 seconds and the 200 in 22 seconds. An electric receiver who could play at the next level as a defensive back and as a kick returner, as well. He's got nine Division I offers, the latest coming from Pac-12 Washington.

30. Tommy Prassas, Basha, DB, 6-2, 185

He'll be starting his third season on varsity in the secondary. A three-star recruit, this track season he ran a laser 11.09-seconds 100 meters. His offers include Central Michigan and New Mexico State. Expect his recruiting to ramp up in May.

Hamilton wide-out Legend Bernard (1) smiles on the sideline during practice at Hamilton High School in Chandler on Oct. 18, 2022.

31. Bernard Legend, Chandler Hamilton, WR, 6-0, 175

He has close to 10 Division I offers. A talented three-sport athlete who also plays basketball and runs track. He's got a huge upside. Big-play receiver.

32. Keona Wilhite, Salpointe Catholic, DL, 6-5, 240

Freak athlete who is strong, fast, quick, and will bull his way into the backfield quickly to gobble up running backs and quarterbacks. Arizona and Arizona State have offered.

33. Cayden Gibson, Chandler Arizona College Prep, OLB, 6-2, 215

He's got big potential and excellent grades that have brought him attention from Princeton, Columbia, Drake and Yale. He has been offered by Montana Tech and Puget Sound. He led 4A with 18.5 sacks last season when he was region Defensive Player of the Year.

34. JoJo Clark, Saguaro, Athlete, 5-10, 185

Might appear undersized but he can play at a Power 5. Offers include Arizona, San Diego State and NAU. He'll play linebacker for coach Zak Hill. Has great instincts. Tough, physical, fast. Great athlete.

35. Jacobi Spence, Saguaro, WR/DB, 5-11, 180

A three-star recruit with offers from Washington, Nevada and UNLV. Explosive on both sides of the ball. Great hands and body control with an excellent change of direction and top speed. He is a playmaker who stood out in Saguaro's run to the Open final last year.

36. Navi Bruzon, Peoria Liberty, QB, 5-11, 190

Maybe the most underrated football player in Arizona. He was the Gatorade Arizona Player of the Year last season when he led Liberty to an 11-1 record and an Open semifinal finish. Has amazing accuracy, a strong arm and can run. His size shouldn't be a detriment in his recruiting. He's a born winner.

37. Zues Pindernation, Goodyear Millennium, RB, 5-9, 180

Only offer is from Arizona. But he's as electric as any player with the ball in his hands. He's been impressive on Friday nights since his sophomore year when he made a big splash. He's only gotten better each year.

38. Michael Watkins, Apollo, OL, 6-3, 290

Has Arizona and Colorado State offers. Big interest from Montana State, Weber State and more. Big ceiling. Untapped potential. A big, physical kid who can move and eat up space and finish off blocks. Projects to play center in college.

39. Greg Bienvenue, Mesa Desert Ridge, OL, 6-4, 285

Offers from ASU and Oregon State and high interest from Texas, Washington, Oregon, Clemson, UCLA and Michigan. His recruiting is about to blow up in May. Long arms. Nasty in the trenches.

40. Mason Arhin, Basha, WR, 6-1, 175

Holds offers from ASU, UA, Colorado State, New Mexico and New Mexico State. Fast, elusive, great hands. He will be a three-year varsity starter.

Basha Bears tight end Javery Mayberry (21) dives to catch the ball against the Saguaro Sabercats during the Open Division state championship game at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022.

41. Javery Mayberry, Basha, TE, 6-5, 230

A freak athlete who came on strong in the playoffs last season. Had to sit out half the season due to his transfer move from Eastmark. He's a huge target with soft hands, will catch anything in traffic and make plays after catches. Good blocker too.

42. Keyvon Thomas, Tempe Corona del Sol, CB, 6-1, 175

Has offers from Nevada, Utah and Colorado State. Lock-down corner with great ball skills and speed. Should have a big senior season on a team that could make some noise at state.

43. Jaci Dickerson, Saguaro, WR/DB, 5-9, 165

A three-star recruit with offers from ASU, UA and Oregon. Very good speed and change of direction. Can play both sides of the ball. Explosive playmaker.

44. Ryan Wolfer, Liberty, OL, 6-5, 240

Recruiting is about to blow up this spring. He's long, athletic and will fill into his large frame. He'll be the anchor of Liberty's line. Offers include NAU, Idaho and Colorado State.

45. Devan Kennedy, Brophy Prep, DE, 6-3, 245

His recruiting could blow up in May. He put on 55 pounds since last year, which was his first season playing football. He is the son of former first-round NFL draft pick Jimmy Kennedy, who was a two-time All-Big Ten defensive lineman at Penn State.

46. Billy Eastep, Brophy Prep, DB, 6-1, 200

A talented lacrosse player, he missed his junior football season due to a shoulder injury. He's fully healed now and ready to break out big. He has offers from Washington State and Idaho. High grade-point average.

47. Luis Cordova, Salpointe Catholic, OL, 6-4, 270

He'll be a four-year starting offensive lineman and a team captain. Holds an offer from Arizona.

48. Jonathan Kamara, Desert Edge, DB/LB, 6-4, 205

Kind of a hybrid strong safety/linebacker, he had five Division I offers in one month. One of the most explosive prospects who should get lots of attention during spring practices.

49. Matthew Lado, Apollo, OL/DL, 6-6, 260

Great leverage. Finishes blocks. Strong, holds his own in the trenches. The Hawks could have their best-ever offensive line.

50. Justice Spann, Chandler, WR, 6-2, 195

This should be his big breakout year. He's gotten Power 5 attention. It's a matter of putting it all together. Long and athletic with good speed and hands.

Higley Knights running back  Daxen Hall (8) attempts to break through the Cactus Cobras' defense during the AIA 5A state championship game at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022.

51. Dax Hall, Higley, RB, 5-9, 170

He had a breakout junior season, showing elite speed and vision. Great pass catcher out of the backfield. Very quick with balance. Makes people miss. Talented kick returner.

52. Sa'Kylee Woodard, Oro Valley Canyon del Oro, OL, 6-3, 300

He has an Arizona offer. One of the best interior offensive linemen in the state. Powerful, quick, pulls out well to make blocks to spring running backs loose.

53. Keegan Shank, Chaparral, DE/TE, 6-4, 250

He was one of the few bright spots on a three-win team last year, a versatile athlete who can also kick. Can impact the game at tight end and defensive end. He has a recent Air Force offer.

54. Jack Bleier, Basha, LB, 6-1, 235

He made first-team all-region at defensive end on last year's Open state champion team. He is converting to middle linebacker. His recruiting likely will blow up. Great range and tough, tenacious tackler.

55. Jordan Howard, Basha, DE, 6-2, 240

This guy is a beast. Quick, powerful, fast. Gets into backfields so fast that quarterbacks have little time to get out of his grasp.

56. Kason Colbert, Tucson Mica Mountain, LB/RB, 6-2, 225

He only played six games last year but still made Kino Region Player of the Year. A physical, fast player who will be a college linebacker.

57. Connor Cameron, Gilbert Campo Verde, OT, 6-7, 290

His recruiting will blow up. Great size, and not done growing. Great feet and coordination.

Saguaro's Amare Taase is deep in thought prior to kickoff against Desert Edge. The Sabercats prevailed, 42-18. Oct. 7, 2022.

58. Amare Taase, Saguaro, OL, 6-3, 310

He has offers from Utah State, UNLV, Eastern Michigan and NAU. Big, bright, exceptional leader. He plays tackle for the Sabercats but he'll be an inside offensive lineman in college with good feet.

59. Randle Parker, Mountain Pointe, 5-9, 195

He's the perfect counterbalance in the backfield with Christian Clark. Great speed and balance and will break tackles. New Mexico State, Idaho and NAU offers.

60. Brady Bakke, Centennial, OL, 6-6, 290

An anchor on a talented offensive line who will get serious college attention this spring and summer. Recently visited USC.

Desert Mountain Wolves quarterback Brady Mcdonough (12) looks to pass against the Chaparral Firebirds during a game played at Chaparral High in Scottsdale on Sept. 23, 2022.

61. Brady McDonough, Desert Mountain, QB, 6-1, 198

Accepted a Navy appointment, where he'll play. He's a top golfer who should become the full-time starting quarterback on a team that has state championship aspirations. Cool under pressure. Good, accurate arm. Can run.

62. Jake Busot, Arizona College Prep, WR, 6-1, 175

Made first-team all-region last year when he had 1,018 yards and seven TDs receiving. Smooth route runner, has great interest from Division II and FCS schools, notably Colorado School of the Mines, Princeton and Drake. Has offers from Grinnell and Puget Sound.

63. Ryan Willey, Buckeye Verrado, DE, 6-3, 200

Tremendous athlete who excels in track and field. He had a breakout sophomore season but had a setback last season with injuries. He should be at full strength and be able to show college his potential by being a beast on the edge.

64. Nate LaDuke, American Leadership Queen Creek, DB, 6-1, 175

Son of former Alhambra High and Arizona State star safety Nathan LaDuke, he's a lot like his dad, playing free safety. He even picked up an Arizona State offer from new coach Kenny Dillingham. He's got great athleticism and sees the field well. Great ball instincts.

65. Marshall Gillette, Phoenix Northwest Christian, OLB/WR, 6-2, 195

He made 4A all-region on both sides of the ball last season. A dynamic athlete who had 53 catches for nearly 600 yards and returned two interceptions for touchdowns last season.

66. Layton Firestone, Hamilton, OL, 6-6, 305

He's finally healthy and expected to have a huge senior season. Recruiting is now picking up. Big-time potential. He can play center and tackle on the offensive line.

67. Jackson Finefrock, Hamilton, S, 6-1, 180

He might be the fastest player on the team. Runs a laser 4.4-second 40-yard dash. Returning starting safety who has a Division I offers. Speed and instincts set him apart as a free safety.

68. Connor Ackerley, Corona del Sol, QB, 6-1, 160

Watch for a monster senior season from Ackerley, who has continued to make big strides since his sophomore year. He was an all-state honorable mention last year. Can pass and run to make big plays.

69. Gage Baker, Surprise Paradise Honors, QB, 6-1, 175

May get underlooked because he plays in 3A, but he puts up huge numbers every year. He can play Division I college football. Great leader. He passed for nearly 4,000 yards and 54 TDs as a junior, completing 72% of his passes.

70. Gideon Enter, Phoenix Arizona Lutheran, LB/RB, 5-7, 195

Tremendous workhorse, never leaving the field. He ran for 1,164 yards and 11 TDs last season, but he's even better on defense. He added 20 pounds in the offseason, working hard in the weight room. Great track athlete.

Desert Mountain Wolves wide receiver Jack Freeburg (4) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Higley Knights on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, at Desert Mountain High School.

71. Jack Freeburg, Desert Mountain WR, 6-0, 175

He is within 90 catches of setting the career state record for receptions. Very capable of doing that after monster sophomore and junior seasons. Fast, runs great routes and makes big plays.

Hamilton football's Genesis Smith (23) celebrates the game-clinching interception with Naji Sherrod (36) in a game against Highland on Oct. 29, 2021, in Chandler.

72. Naji Sherrod, Hamilton, LB, 6-2, 217

He had a breakout junior season with 70 tackles and two sacks. He'll lead a defense that graduates key players but returns enough experience, with added strong newcomers, to be one of the best in the state. A fierce competitor.

73. Jordan Blake, Mesa Skyline, RB, 5-7, 189

He was second-team All-5A by the coaches last year. He was a region co-Offensive Player of the Year, and set a single-season school rushing record. Offered by Arizona Christian.

74. Lenoxx Hicks, Phoenix Sierra Linda, DL, 6-1, 240

An explosive defensive lineman who can play the edge or inside. He had 102 tackles, 31 for losses, and 12 sacks last season.

75. Gerayas Grimes, Casteel, DB, 5-11, 165

Has been offered by NAU. An excellent safety who covers a lot of space. He runs 100 meters in 10.8 seconds.

76. Jamison Stamps, Basha, DB, 5-10, 175

Plays a great cover corner. He is a two-sport athlete who competes in track. Offers include Adams State.

77. Deven Highsmith, Laveen Cesar Chavez, RB, 5-9, 165

Great speed, cutback moves and vision in open field. Leader. Should have a breakout senior season.

78. Keaton Stam, Liberty, LB, 6-1, 215

He is one of the best tacklers in the state. Great instincts. Forces turnovers. He can change the game with his explosive plays.

79. Jacob Harkins, Sunnyslope, OL/DL, 6-2, 270

Offered by NAU. He's a big-time road grader and QB Luke Moga's best friend, protecting him in the pocket.

80. Noah Trigueros, Notre Dame Prep, QB, 6-2, 185

He has multiple Ivy League offers. Great arm and vision and makes all the throws. Good escapability.

Central's Ismail Foz (15) defends a pass against Desert Edge during their 5A playoff game in Goodyear on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022.

81. Ismail "Izzy" Foz, Phoenix Central, DB/K, 6-0, 180

Picked up an NAU offer. He's been a big part of Central's football team since his sophomore year. He was a first-team all-district kicker and one of the best cornerbacks in the state. Versatile athlete who makes everybody around him better.

82. Jaylen Dawson, Desert Edge, LB, 6-2, 220

Has multiple Division I offers. Led the team in tackles last season. Was a consistent force every game on defense. Never takes a play off.

83. Markhi McKinnon, Desert Edge, RB, 6-0, 205

He is starting to generate major interest from Division I colleges. Transferred in for the spring semester from Phoenix Barry Goldwater, where he led 5A in rushing last season. Big, physical, punishing runner who should make a big impact in the second half of the season when he becomes eligible.

84. Caleb Smith, Hamilton, DL, 6-1, 235

Absolute beast. He's gotten bigger, faster, stronger. He had nine tackles for losses last season as a five technique. Great balance and toughness.

85. Jacob Jenners, Sunnyslope, OL/DL, 6-2, 240

He's added size and strength since last season. Never leaves the field. Makes big impact on both sides of the line. Goes the extra yard to make himself and the team better. Excellent leader. An anchor on a talented offensive line and an enforcer on defense.

86. Beckham Pellant, Hamilton, QB, 6-0, 195

He took over early in the season after Rock Cholowsky went down with an injury and showed tremendous leadership skills. Capable of passing and running. Had 1,533 yards passing and 366 yards rushing. Threw for 424 yards and four TDs in an Open playoff loss to Saguaro.

87. Dylan Nolan-Cook, Horizon, OL, 6-6, 315

He also plays baseball. Has interest from Division I schools. Plays offensive tackle. Can develop into a Power 5 tackle.

88. Carter Pruitt, Phoenix Arcadia, S, 6-3, 195

A punishing tackler at free safety, he will also play some tight end for the Titans. ASU showing interest.

89. Khary Beler, Arcadia, DL/OL, 6-2, 310

Had two older brothers play at Arcadia, and he could be the most talented. His father played at Nebraska. He has made big strides in the offseason with his work in the weight room.

90. Michael Casillas, Morenci, RB, 5-9, 165

Recently hired coach Rishard Davis will turn Casillas loose after he ran for 1,936 yards and 32 TDs on the 2A level last year. He has more than 4,000 rushing yards in his varsity career.

Highland Hawks running back Eli Kerby (33) runs the ball along the sidelines as Pinnacle Pioneers defensive backs Jadiem Birthwright (6) and Luc Baker (4) during the 6A state championship game at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe on Dec. 10, 2022.

91. Eli Kerby, Highland, RB, 6-0, 210

He had a monster game in the 6A state championship game last year, helping the Hawks go back-to-back. Recruiting started to ramp up late in spring ball once college coaches got a good look at him. He's got the size, balance and speed to play at the Division I level.

92. Camden Jury, Casteel, OL, 6-7, 315

He was second-team All-Premier Region in 6A last year. Big, mobile, powerful offensive tackle who has a long reach and good feet.

93. Jackson Barton, Phoenix Sandra Day O'Connor, CB, 6-1, 185

One of the top corners in the state, he will be starting varsity in his third year. Has offers from UNLV, Montana State, Nevada, Idaho and NAU.

94. Kanyon Floyd, Horizon, K/P, 6-0, 170

Committed on May 21 to Arizona State after picking up a full scholarship offer this spring. Big legs, is accurate and can punt and kick. Averaged 50 yards a punt last season with 14 placed inside the 20-yard line. Made 5 of 7 field goals.

95. Enoch Watson, American Leadership Queen Creek, QB, 6-2, 190

He'll pick up where Drew Cowart left off, leading a potent offense for the Patriots, who are moving from 5A to 6A this year. He picked up an offer from BYU late in spring football. A strong summer should lead to more offers.

96. Santino Varvel, Canyon View, WR, 6-3, 180

He had 42 catches for 767 yards and nine TDs last season, making first-team all-region. Good hands, speeds and makes plays after catches.

97. Hayden Allen, Centennial, DB, 6-0, 190

The free safety transferred from Glendale Mountain Ridge to Centennial in the spring after Doug Madoski stepped down as head coach. He would have been Mountain Ridge’s top returning defender.

98. Bryson Ballard, Central, DB, 5-10, 175

Rarely leaves the field. Starts at running back and cornerback. Had four interceptions, two returned for touchdowns, last season. Fastest player on the team.

99. Carson Keim, Hamilton, C, 6-2, 275

He's made great progress every year in high school and should emerge as one of the top centers in the state this coming season. He has a huge upside with his lower-body strength. Still growing. Son of former Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim.

100. Spencer Halvorson, Pinnacle, S/RB, 6-2, 195

Versatile athlete who can play multiple positions on defense, he picked up his first Division I offer from Idaho. Has worked hard to develop into a Division I football player.

Paradise Honors junior wide receiver Josh Morales (17) runs the ball while being pursued by Wickenburg junior offensive linebacker Trace Buchert (2) senior cornerback Luke Drescher (44) at Paradise Honors High football field in Surprise on Aug. 19, 2022.

101. Josh Morales, Paradise Honors, WR, 6-1, 170

He is Gage Baker's favorite go-to target and has a chance to put up record numbers this year, after making 57 catches for 902 yards and 16 TDs in 2022. Sure-handed, quick, fast, runs great routes. Recruiting will take off this season.

102. Braylon Gardner, Liberty, TE, 6-3, 210

A hybrid tight end/wide receiver who can also play in the slot, catches everything and will be a main target for Navi Bruzon, one of the best quarterbacks in Arizona.

103. Jack Franklin, Pinnacle, DE, 6-5, 225

Committed on May 25 to the Air Force Academy. Anchors a strong defensive front. Great edge rusher who has a nose for the ball. Part of the 6A state runner-up team.

104. Zechariah Owens, Glendale, QB/Athlete, 6-3, 190

Maybe the most underrated player in the state, he had a 3.9 GPA this school year. Great dual threat who makes defenders miss. Big arm. A home run hitter with arm and legs.

105.  Carson Kolb, Horizon, LB, 6-3, 215

He was a 5A All-San Tan Region linebacker last season and has interest from multiple colleges. Offered by NAU. Had 67 tackles, 14 for losses and two interceptions as a junior.

106. Anthony Segura, Horizon, RB/LB, 6-2, 210

Coach Andy Litten calls him one of the best athletes on the team. Big, physical back who makes an impact on both sides of the ball.

107. Kody Cullimore, Highland, Athlete, 5-10, 175

He is one of the best two-way players in the state, making an impact at running back and defensive back. He was clutch in the playoffs, leading the Hawks to the 6A title for the second year in a row. Very coachable. Does all the right things. Consummate team player.

108. Willie Brown, Tolleson, OL, 6-3, 250

Still developing. Will start at left tackle on an improved team. Made all-region last year.

109. Brady Forst, Arcadia, WR, 5-7, 175

Dynamic with the ball in his hands as a running back or receiver. Could play both spots. Had 50 catches for 800 yards as a sophomore. His junior season was cut short by injuries, but he will be 100% this season. Has Ivy League grades. Could play at NAU.

110. Conner Secor, Horizon, OL, 6-1, 240

He started at right guard on a very good Horizon team last year. Continuing to develop. Good feet, strong, still growing.

111. Jon Wilson Jr., Liberty, RB, 5-10, 195

Moved into Peoria the first week of June, giving the Lions a big-time tailback that will take stress off of quarterback Navi Bruzon and add balance needed to get over that Open semifinal hump. He was a big-time back in Las Vegas, running the ball for Shadow Ridge. He ran for 717 yards and 12 TDs, averaging 11 yards a carry last year.

112. Jaylen Jones, Hamilton, DB, 6-0, 190

He has a dozen Division I offers, really blowing up in May when college recruiters came through. He's athletic and a tough, hard-nosed tackler who has tremendous ball skills.

Hamilton running back Breylon Blount runs in a drill during spring football practice at Hamilton High School in Chandler on May 16, 2023.

113. Breylon Blount, Hamilton, RB, 5-6, 165

He runs a 40-yard 4.4 laser time. Extremely quick. Holds a D. I offer. He'll be a big-play back running behind one of the best and biggest offensive lines in the state.

114. Mason Reidhead, Snowflake, OL, 6-1, 250

He'll be a third-year varsity starter who helped the Lobos reach the state final in their first year in 4A, after moving up from 3A. Powerful, fast, aggressive, quick feet, he's part of the entire returning starting line.

115. Samuel Delgado, Tucson Catalina Foothills, RB, 5-8, 190

He is back after rushing for 1,149 yards and 18 TDs, averaging 8.6 yards a carry, as a junior on a 6-4 team. Tough, fast, durable, hits the hole quickly and will pop outside for touchdowns.

116. James Cobb, Desert Mountain, OT, 6-4, 275

He will help anchor a talented offensive line as a third-year varsity starter. Big and explosive, good hands, can get downfield to finish blocks.

116. Matteo Rodriguez, Chandler, OL, 6-5, 285

He'll be in his third year starting for the Wolves, the main anchor at left tackle that should spring Ca'lil Valentine loose. Long and athletic, strong run blocker and pass protector.

117. Sammie Hunter, Chandler, DB, 5-10, 175

Athletic corner who started last year. Strong ball skill who will compete for 50-50 balls. Runs track.

118. Jose Chavez, Corona del Sol, OL, 6-4, 280

A big anchor on a strong line, he'll help lead the Aztecs to the state playoffs. He'll help trigger one of the most explosive offenses in the state.

119. Phillip Braxton, Centennial, Athlete, 6-0, 185

Put him anywhere and he'll make plays. He plays strong safety and wide receiver. Has a 3.7 GPA. Big future ahead as a Division I prospect. He picked up a Navy offer. He transferred from Cesar Chavez in early April.

120. Randall Branton, Skyline, QB, 6-3, 175

He has put in the offseason work to have a breakout senior season. Good arm, reads defenses well, always soaking up new information to get better.

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